Publish date: 2016-08-18 08:17:58
Glen Martyn’s 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback speaks for itself, it is without a doubt a one of a kind custom that is destined to be a great show car which proved to be true when it was featured at the opening of the 2016 NHRA Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. Glen Martyn is from LaVerne, California and rented a hanger at Brackett Field Airport which he used as a home base during the race. The Airport is just across the Pomona dragstrip.
Glen talked about how the history of his fastback and how it came to be:
“I have owned the car for 23 years. Back then, I worked with a guy whose wife’s father bought the car new, and eventually, gave it to his daughter. She lost interest in it because the transmission had died, and it wasn’t economical for her to drive. I continued bugging them until they finally sold the car to me.”
“Two decades later, after my sons graduated from college, it was agreed among my family that it was my turn (hence the license plate MYTRN66) to start work on the Mustang. I bought the 351C from a guy who was going to put it in a 1971 Ranchero, but he ran out of money and sold it to me. It really is an original Cleveland from a 1972 Pantera. I was at the SEMA Show in 2012 when we met Lanny Trefz of LTR Racing Engines. Lanny said if we didn’t have a builder he would like to build the engine. He wanted to find out how much power a vintage Cleveland could make with today’s technology.”
“After a year and a half of fabrication, we were contracted by RPC Racing Power Company to show the car at the 2013 SEMA Show. At that point, it gave us 90 days to take the car from the rotisserie to completion. We met with everybody involved, and they all thought it would be great to have the car there. Gongora’s Auto Body completed the body and paintwork in 32 days. Deluxe Interiors did most of the interior work while the car was being painted.”
“We were then 58 days to SEMA and worked seven days a week along with RRC Fabrication, who did all the body modifications like the door handles, the split rear bumper, installation of the TCI [Total Cost Involved] suspension and Wilwood brakes. When the car became a roller, it was all hands on deck. We finished the car the night before SEMA but were unable to start the engine due to some health issues with the engine builder. Luckily, he made a full recovery and the car was a hit at SEMA, even though it wasn’t yet running. After the show, I couldn’t wait to hear it run. When I did, it was truly a long-awaited dream to finally drive the car.”
Glen’s Mustang started out with a solid body from a 1966 Mustang that needed a fresh rear quarter panel. The body is then finished with a 2003 Mercedes Pewter Gray applied through a PPG waterborne two-stage coat. After six coats done by Gongora’s Auto Body from Pomona, California, the Mustang had a very deep glow. The modified body features door handles donated by a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo, and a hood scoop from a Shelby G.T. 350 has been added to the hood.
The mustang has E-T, AC-III Wheels measuring 17×8 on the front and 17×9 on the back. They wear Continental Extreme Contact tires measuring P225/45ZR17s on the front and P245/45ZR17s on the back. All fours are fitted with 12-inch rotors and Wilwood disc brakes for that much needed stopping power.
The interior of the Mustang is also incredibly well done. Almost the entire interior is covered with the German-made Autolux leather upholstery in Bourbon color. The Pontiac LeMans power seats’ tops were removed to create a low-back seat look and the rear seats are reclined. The entire interior was done by Deluxe Interior from San Dimas, California.
It draws power from a 401 cid stroker which used to be a 351C Cleveland taken from a 1972 DeTomaso Pantera. A lot of performance enhancers have been added into the 401 that it can now produce 506 horsepower with a torque of 502 lb-ft at 5,300 rpm.
More than 2 years after completing Glen’s Mustang, he still loves his awesome ride. Who wouldn’t? “It handles beautifully,” Glen said. “It’s very impressive in the turns, the stroker Cleveland has great low-end torque and pulls hard through the AOD transmission’s four gears. It’s also an ideal freeway cruiser where at 75 mph the engine is only turning 2,300 rpm.”
It’s not surprising that Glen’s Mustang gets a lot of attention in any car show or event. Many have asked about the Mustangs color and are amazed at the craftsmanship in the upholstery. A lot of people also ask about the Cleveland and always enjoy hearing it roar. Glen loves his one off a kind 1966 Ford Mustang Fastback and says its perfect as it is.
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